The Masters of War and the Bombing of Syria. Why is President Trump now going against his long-held instincts against American military involvement in Syria? Did Bashar al-Assad really use Chemical Weapons against his own people? Does something seem a tad "fishy" about the present scenario? We sample commentary from Columbia Professor Jeffrey Sachs, who blames the "Permanent State" for pushing a misguided proxy war in Syria, and who advises Trump to reclaim his own "instincts" and just "get out" of Syria. Former NATO supreme commander Admiral James Stavridis disagrees, citing the "massive humanitarian disaster." Additional audio commentary from Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the State Department, and former Senator Joseph Lieberman. Backbone Host advises defending American Borders First -- well prior to distracting ourselves with every other border around the world. Could the Permanent State ever begin to accept those terms? Also, we readily accept the retirement of Speaker Paul Ryan, an overrated politician who never truly connected with the American People. With Listener Calls & Music via the Foo Fighters, the Hollies, the Cars, Justin Bieber and George Wassouf. Plus Bob Dylan's "Masters of War."
Opening Monologue: Welcome to the Police State. Leaks already flowing from FBI Raid on Trump attorney Michael Cohen's home and office. Panicked Deep State seeking last-ditch leverage on Trump? The Comey Book Tour Freakshow begins. Inspector General Horowitz drops a piano on FBI Andrew McCabe. Goosegg Mueller still begging to be fired. Examining pretensions behind the unelected, illegitimate power of the "Six Ways From Sunday" crowd -- Comey, Brennan, Clapper. Meanwhile, Speaker Paul Ryan heads for the exits. We raise suspicions about Syrian Missile Strikes. Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia statue is vandalized on his 275th Birthday. We discuss George Washington's views on posture, the 53rd Maxim in his Rules of Civility. Also, the philistines of The New Yorker lash out against Chick-fil-A's "creepy infiltration of New York City." They appear outraged by the "pervasive Christian traditionalism" of the successful fast food chain. Should Manhattan build a wall? Plus, we review surprising results from the Colorado State Assemblies for both Democrats and Republicans. We offer snap Movie Reviews of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Three Days of the Condor, Night Moves, Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October and Ken Burns' The Vietnam War documentary. We recommend The Americans TV series about KGB spies in Washington, D.C. during the Reagan Era. With Listener Calls & Music via R.E.M., Sigrid, Calvin Harris and Frank Ocean.
Was British Intelligence involved in the manufacture of the Trump-Russia Collusion narrative? We explore this unsavory possibility and surmise potential consequences for the longstanding "Special Relationship" between America and Britain. Why was FBI Peter Strzok in London in August 2016? How did Maltese Professor Joseph Mifsud develop a relationship in London with former Trump advisor George Papadopoulos? Who was the shady Mifsud really working for, and why has he since been disappeared? How do British Spy Christopher Steele, British music promoter Robert Goldstone, and Aussie Alexander Downer figure into this Global Deep State scenario? Meanwhile, new details emerge about FBI Andrew McCabe's firing for "lack of candor." AG Jeff Sessions finally allows congressional access to FISA documents, and reveals he has hired Utah prosecutor John Huber to work with Inspector General Horowitz. Apparently, Huber has the power to search, subpoena and also "ask a grand jury to indict." So no need for a Second Special Counsel? We thus advise laying off Sessions, for the time being, and offer breaking news on the DOJ's additional appointment of U.S. Attorney John Lausch. Plus, we review our concerns about "black hat" Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, whom Joe diGenova describes as a "coward" and a "disgrace" and "an embarrassment." Also, our notes on a potential Trade War with China, in which America holds "all the high cards," sayeth Gordon Chang. With Listener Calls & Music via Merle Haggard and Bill Monroe. Sacred Song from Gillian Welch.
A Conversation with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. Why is former Obama AG Loretta Lynch now resurfacing for an interview with NBC's Lester Holt? Sudden concerns about that infamous "tarmac" rendezvous with Bill Clinton? Is FBI Comey "delusional" to begin a Book Tour while enmeshed in a potential perjury trap? How have Trump's Approvals reached 51% in such a hostile media climate? Maybe the American People like a fighter? And speaking of fights, we observe Sean Hannity taking on comedian Jimmy Kimmel. Showing the way? Meanwhile, we take a philosophical look at the Second Amendment, as Democrats appear to be out of the closet in favor of its repeal. Students at Woodland Park High School hold a pro-2A rally, and Dilbert creator Scott Adams says the 2A makes America more "dictator-proof" -- among other positives. Plus, we survey Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson's new book "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos." We consider Peterson's first rule on posture: "Stand up straight with your shoulders back." We also listen to Peterson advise people to "stop saying things that make you weak." Makes sense to us, even if the "PC Police" are not so impressed. With Listener Calls & Music via Dwight Yoakam, 10cc, Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa.
Opening Monologue: Syrian Suspicions, Border Security & Comey Interruptus. The American Military now actively defending the American Border. How novel an idea is that? As a "caravan" of Central Americans heads north through Mexico, President Trump reviews military options. Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen announces additional cooperation between DHS & DoD, and AG Jeff Sessions proclaims the end of failed old "Catch and Release" policies. In context, Colorado sets a new record for drug overdoses in 2017. Meanwhile, regarding other borders around the world, an apparent "chemical" attack has transpired in Syria. Did Assad "gas" his own people? We raise questions about the timing of this incident, given Trump's recent statements about getting out of Syria "very soon." Why does the American Foreign Policy Establishment so strongly desire otherwise? Why does John McCain care more about the Syrian Border than the Arizona Border? Plus, as Trump hits 51% Approvals, the great "Diamond & Silk" get platform-censored by Facebook as "unsafe to the community." To which we reply -- the only thing they're "unsafe" towards is the fragile, fading "Obama Coalition." Also, we speculate on the potential for FBI Comey's Book Tour to be interrupted by indictment, and we review the new alien-invasion horror movie "A Quiet Place" with reference to the Second Amendment. With Listener Calls & Music via Sia, David Guetta, Pablo Cruise, OMC and Concrete Blonde.